Dear Dave, Taylor, Nate, Chris & Pat:
**** I’m reaching out to Foo Fighters to help make the improbable possible. I own and run a small all-ages music venue in Brookfield, CT called The Room (not far from NYC and we’ll get to that in a moment).
**** About five years ago my buddy, Jimmy, and I decided to open a rock club. Jimmy and I both have daughters, his, Madison was 14, and mine, Lily, was 5 at the time. We wanted to open a place where Lily could come see what Daddy does. A place parents would feel comfortable bringing, or even leaving kids like Madison and her friends for a few hours to enjoy some kick ass bands live on a stage. NOT YOUTUBE.
**** A lifelong musician myself, I remember far too well how tough it is to find a place to put on a great local show if you’re in a band and happen to be 15 years old. Having to rent out the local fire house only to be interrupted mid-song by A FIRE makes for a funny story at parties later in life, but nothing reminds you that you’re no rock star like “Okay boys, you can play now”, as the last firefighter out the door flips the overhead lights back off and you’re left trying to decide whether to start the song over again or just pick up where you left off. What we wouldn’t have given for a gig at an actual music venue that our friends and fans could come to make us feel like rock stars. We would’ve killed it in a place like The Room.
**** We each kicked in considerable funds (for us – we’re steamfitters – look it up, we don’t make much) and soon we found our place in Brookfield, a suburb of Danbury, CT. Not so soon after, we’d passed extensive town and state inspections and were ready to open. Depleted of our initial advertising budget before the doors ever opened we began with little fanfare and well…there we were. That was January 2011.
**** Almost four years later and I’ve got to be honest… we’re struggling. We’ve had success. Amazing moments within our four walls. First gigs, last gigs, video shoots, EP release shows, benefit shows for causes like breast cancer awareness, anti-bullying campaigns, and suicide prevention, and bands reaching young new fans who are legitimately there for the MUSIC. But our success has been in ways you can’t measure in a bank account. Don’t get me wrong – we never expected to make a killing in an all-ages venue – no bar=no money. We get it. Ask my wife, she’ll tell you she works for music (and the occasional band t-shirt). And considering how we spent most weekends as young parents before this adventure I can safely say being at The Room is way more fun. Even for no pay. But we’re falling farther behind on the rent and other bills and the biggest problem of all is simply that no one knows we’re here.
**** That’s where Foo Fighters comes in. Come to The Room. There, I said it. You’ll be in New York all week and it’s not that far. For a moment, imagine what Foo Fighters in Brookfield could do to a place like The Room. You could do for the Room what The Ramones and Blondie did for CBGB's or What Mötley Crüe or Alice Cooper did for the Wiskey. Come because you remember what it was like to be 15 and in a band trying to find a decent gig. Because along the way there have been people who’ve given you a chance. Come because your first band had a home at some local club, Or because it didn’t, and you wish a place like ours had been in your scene. Come to The Room because between sets we only play music by bands who play The Room and Foo Fighters isn’t in our playlist... YET.
**** Come because on our stage brand new bands play with and connect to artists who have battled the local scene or even toured the world for decades and there’s no class or reality show that can cover what they have to teach. Our stage has seen musicians as young as 9 and as old as dirt in the same night. We’re so damn proud of that. Come because you know it’s all about the music and any place that gets that is worth saving.
Why Contact Foo Fighters?
**** Because I think more than anything else, you get it. Playing in pizza joints, barns in the heartland, small clubs in London under a pseudonym... and playing for as long as you can. You are aware. You appreciate what it is you have. It's why I have so much respect for the band. We have been open for almost 4 years on a shoestring budget. In that time, we have just barely been able to get ourselves on the map. If we could get Foo Fighters to come out to CT and play a show here... Wow what that could do.
Foo Fighters - Live at The Room
**** I don't want to have 1 less option for the next generation of songwritters or musicians. I am easy to get in contact with.
Thank You so much - Vern Nickerson / Vern Room
Facebook - Vern Room - https://www.facebook.com/vern.room
Please help us save The Room from becoming the next casualty. The music scene and the kids it serves need a place like The Room. We very much want to be here. Thanks so much.
|Apollo's Legacy - Very Young All Girl Rock Band|
Why The Room?
. . . . Oct 28, 2009 . . . .
Webster defines music as "An artistic form of auditory communication incorporating instrumental or vocal tones in a structured and continuous manner." That description doesn't define music to me. The third meaning listed makes more literal sense to me: "A musical diversion." Life, to me, is all about the little diversions that happen between breaths. We all remember what song was playing the first time we ever did anything. Who did we see at our first concert? What was the first song we ever sang? What music is playing behind the soundtrack to our lives?
I think Music has saved my life on many occasions, whether it was on purpose or just by circumstance. Fear, pain, joy, remembrance, love and loss are all topics covered in the words and emotions of the music. Children learn from those around them. "Teach them well and let them lead the way" is a line from a cheesy song, but does convey a message that holds true. Teach them not just to play a song, but to understand the thought behind it. The lesson you can learn from a song may make a difficult topic more approachable.
All Ages venues are few and far between. None before truly focused on the youngest members of the future Musical Artists community. When I first learned to play guitar and sing in a Band, there was no outlet for me to go and play. I truly believe that I was lucky that music found me before I found trouble. My school days seam so far behind me, yet I remember the days when all of my friends were bored and wanted me to go in the woods and "party" with them. At such a young age and bored, I did resist. But many others did not. It was a typical Saturday night. They all grew up and most are well adjusted productive members of society. Most...
You might have a particular view on music. It might mean something more or less to you than to others. But Music IS art. For me, Music is life. At the time I sit and write this, my daughter is 5. Her favorite music is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Disturbed. She knows what a Rock song is. She loves music. She sings Christmas songs like "Frosty the Snowman" as well as "I still haven't found what I am Looking for" by U2 or "All my Life" by Foo Fighters. She listens to music every night before bed. It is in her I have a new muse and reason for the goal I have set.
What is the Goal?
The future of music... Starts at The Room. Hand in hand the future musicians in our region need a place to gather. The bar scene is overcrowded with younger people trying to sneak in with fake ID's and the desire to escape their own lives. You don't need to escape that way. Music has been my sanctuary for so many years and I want to help shape the future of music in our area. The Room is hear .... The Room is here for that.
"Support Local Music... Or it stays that way."
New Diamond Entertainment
Supporting Local Music since 1991
The Room / 3 Production Drive Unit 3 / Brookfield CT 06804
The Room is an All Ages venue.
No Alcohol / No Outside Food or Beverages / No Violent Behavior or Bullying will be Tolerated
Who Plays The Room?
You Do. Book a show by emailing us TheRoomCT@yahoo.com
YouTube Construction Video
Mostly footage Taken before The Room was open... Also before we adopted a policy of only playing music at The Room, from bands who have played at The Room.
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Breach the Asylum - Brookfield, CT
Lily is wearing a She Said Fire T-shirt
and Jimmy G of Craving Strange is doing guest vocals
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The Throwbacks - Westchester, NY
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Revel 9 - For Penny Benefit
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Bobaflex - Point Pleasant, WV
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Eye Empire - GA
||Annalise Azadian||Machine Elves - NYC|